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9/28/2018 

The morning started off a bit chilly, as the orphans exited the stockades to greet little wild born baby Lulu. Lualeni arrived around 7pm yesterday evening with her baby and thought it wise to spend the night close to the stockades as she understands the dangers that are faced when you have a newborn calf. It started to drizzle as Lualeni, Lulu, Galana, Gawa, Sunyei, Siku, Lenana and Chyulu settled for lucerne pellets with the orphans. Lulu had the toughest and strictest nannies in Chyulu and Lenana who provided the much needed security for the newborn baby. The orphans didn't even get a chance to say hello to Lulu, they only sniffed her at a distance and managed a little wave. Shortly after, Galana and Sunyei left and twenty minutes later, Lualeni, with her security team followed and weren’t seen for the rest of the day. At the browsing field, Sapalan and Enkikwe understood that they were birds of the same feather since they couldn't walk fast like their colleagues and so settled together for browsing. Namalok came across a suitable rock that he used to scratch his buttocks while Esampu teamed up with Maramoja in browsing. At 11am, Karisa and Mundusi raced each other to see who would get to the milk first. Mundusi who is lighter in weight managed to beat Karisa at the race. This didn't go down too well with Karisa, as soon as the two finished their milk, Karisa tried to attack Mundusi. The Keepers intervened and warned Karisa to behave himself. The temperatures were still low and so none of the orphans dared to step into the bathing water and no wild elephants or ex-orphans turned up at the mud bath that day. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse at upper Kalovoto area and in the evening returned safely back to the stockade.  

Lualeni and Lulu at the stockade


Lualeni Lulu and Chyulu


Sapalan and Enkikwe browse together

9/27/2018 

It was a quiet cloudy morning and only Naisula, Murka, Kibo and Kitirua were the guest elephants to visit the stockades. Two buffaloes checked in a little later. Kithaka tried to charge at one of the buffaloes but the buffaloes stood their ground. The buffaloes only left after quenching their thirst. After feeding on the lucerne pellets, the orphans passed by the water troughs, to arm themselves with enough water that would see them through the morning. The junior ex-orphans accompanied the orphans to the browsing field and spent the entire morning browsing together. Murka settled to browse with Karisa as Kibo took on the role of “trainer” showing Wanjala and Tusuja some pushing skills. The independent and slow Sapalan teamed up with Enkikwe while Esampu settled to browse with Maramoja. At 11am, the temperatures dropped slightly and only Taita joined the orphans at mud bath. Once the orphans had their milk and water, they opted out of wallowing due to cold weather. On the way back to the browsing field, Karisa engaged Namalok in a strength testing game that ended as soon as Tusuja intervened by separating the two boys. Sapalan enjoyed a brief soil dusting exercise as he slowly made his way to catch up with his friends.
As the sun started to set, we watched with great joy and pride, Lualeni walk into the stockade with hew new baby girl! Lualeni was accompanied by two wild boys. An hour later, there was trumpeting and bellowing of happiness and celebrations as Lualeni‘s friends arrived to congratulate on her first baby! It was a great end to the day! 

Murka and Karisa browsing together


Sapalan dusting


Lualeni with her new born baby

9/23/2018 

As the orphans settled for their lucerne pellets this morning, fifteen wild elephants arrived at the water troughs. Out of the fifteen, two elephants decided to join the orphans for their morning breakfast. One wild female calf, after tasting the pellets, got rather greedy and decided to have all the pellets for herself. This little uninvited girl had forgotten her manners,in the mad rush to get to the pellets, she knocked down a couple of the orphans. The Keepers, not very impressed with her behavior, decided to show her the door. The orphans were finally left in peace to enjoy their pellets. The wild bull, not wanting to be kicked out as well, happily shared the pellets with the orphans. Kauro who loves playing with Kamok entwined trunks in morning greeting before heading to the browsing field.
The sun was hot as the orphans searched for feed. At mud bath time, everyone with the exception of Kauro, who doesn’t like the water much, participated in wallowing. Twelve wild bulls joined the orphans. Namalok had a narrow escape when one of the bulls decided to charge. The Keepers quickly intervened, shouting at the bull; luckily he listened and backed off, giving Namalok a chance to escape out of the mud and to a safer area. After witnessing this, all of the other orphans withdrew from that mud bath and moved to the smaller one. A little later all the orphans spent time at the dustbath before making their way back to the browsing field. The rest of the afternoon was uneventful with the orphans focusing on filling their bellies before heading home.
 

Wild bull scaring Namalok


Maramoja heading to the mud bath


Rapa dusting

9/22/2018 

Twenty wild elephants arrived at the stockades today well before dawn. They spent a long time at the water troughs, drinking as much water as they could and then took a break. Some of the elephants decided to grab a short nap, whilst others kept watch over those who slumbered. At day-break, once the water troughs were re-filled, they decided to have another long drink before quietly leaving, one by one, to unknown locations.

It was quite a hot day but this didn't deter the orphans from carrying on with their browsing. Olsekki joined Enkikwe, browsing together and chatting away about the current drought and escalating temperatures. Namalok teamed up with Pare while Esampu settled to browse with Maramoja. 11am mud bath was quite a busy affair; the orphans were joined by Chemi Chemi, Kandecha, Meibai, Tumaren, Melia, Kalama and eleven other wild bulls. Kauro and Kamok both boycotted the wallowing exercise and opted instead for some light strength testing games at a nearby tree. On the way to the browsing field, Pare spotted two warthogs ahead of him and decided to teach them a lesson but before he could pick up speed, the warthogs had disappeared into the thickets leaving him staring at a dust cloud left behind by departing the warthogs. In the evening, thirty five wild bulls arrived at the water troughs at the stockades and left shortly before dark. Galana group also checked in, had a refreshing drink at the water troughs and departed soon after.
 

Olsekki chatting to Enkikwe


Wanjala riding on Namalok


Galana's group arrive in the evening

9/21/2018 

The light showers this morning were a welcome relief. Naisula, Kitirua, Murka, Kibo and Zurura joined the orphans who were already busy feeding on their lucerne pellets. Brave Esampu opted to team up with Murka and Naisula in sharing the pellets. Galla, Mundusi and Rapa settled for a different pile of pellets. Rapsu emerged from the eastern side of the stockade and immediately engaged Zurura in a strength testing exercise.
On the way to the browsing fields, Kauro and Kamok practiced their own strength testing games after watching Rapsu and Zurura. Upon reaching the browsing fields, Turkwel took independent boy Sapalan and brave Esampu a distance away from the rest. They settled to browse together rumbling and discussing what the Keepers could only guess were “elephant-matters”. The clouds cleared giving way to sunshine. Namalok and Naseku settled under a tree flapping their ears in an attempt to cool off their bodies. Mud-bath time was quiet today, without any wild elephants joining the orphans. Only Naisula, Kitirua, Kibo and Murka who had been with orphans since morning, accompanied the juniors for some wallowing and soil dusting.
In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse along the western side of Ithumba Hill. As they made their way back to stockade, the Keepers noticed somehow Sapalan had managed to get away undetected. After searching for nearly an hour, the Keepers found him browsing about a kilometer away, totally unconcerned. The Keepers then slowly walked him back to the stockade.
 

Kauro scratching his bottom


Kauro playing with Kamok


Naseku chatting to Namalok

 

 

 

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